Thursday, December 21, 2006
First, I have to admit I haven't seen or read Eragon. So maybe I'm not qualified to write this post. But I have heard that the book and the movie are extremely derivative of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. So I do have some preconceived notions about the whole thing. I picked up the book in the book store, and the first page started off with a description of an elf that put me off immediately. Why? Because it seemed to clichéd. I remember the elf having a proud, arrogant demeanor, which I suppose doesn't have to be clichéd if it's written properly. But it didn't strike me as any different than a dozen other similar descriptions I had read. But I wonder, am I giving it a fair shake? Maybe I'm just jealous that a 17 year old got a book published. And I think he wrote it when he was 15, didn't he? So I suppose he can be forgiven if it's a bit derivative. Though Mary Shelley proved that youth doesn't preclude the writing of a mature piece of work when she wrote Frankenstein at 19. So I'd like to hear from anyone who has an opinion on this, especially if you have read the books or seen the movie. Are the opinions I have heard fair, or should I at least give the books a shot?